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Papua New Guinean children, men and women show their support for putting an end to violence against women during a White Ribbon Day march

There is no specific legislation criminalising domestic violence in Papua New Guinea. The criminal court does not differentiate between assault committed in the community or in the home. After an official visit to the country, UN special rapporteur Rashida Manjoo identified violence against women in Papua New Guinea as a “pervasive phenomenon” often involving family members. The unity shown by men, women and children on White Ribbon Day is an important reminder that violence against women impacts on society as a whole.

 

Photo credit: AusAID/Michael Wightman

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Taken on November 25, 2011